Textured Yarns Explored
Over the last couple of years in Italy I have seen lots and lots of textures and fabrics with character. The look epitomized by the classic Chanel jacket seems to be the rage. So, I have been importing many textured yarns with the intent of playing with them and see what can be done. Well, all the best intentions have gone by the wayside, I am afraid. My loom is currently only half dressed and I am not sure when I will be able to finally start weaving. But I am very hopeful. Some of the yarns are so interesting – particularly those that have multiple textures within a single yarn: you never know what will come next.
Through customers who have more time than me to experiment, I am discovering that some of the texture yarns I have do work well in the warp randomly interspersed with a normal, non-textured yarn. A pleasant surprise: if you use a thick and thin yarn in the warp, the weft will have a deformed path giving the fabric an interesting natural movement.
A good example is this scarf by Charlene Kolb where she used one of my think and thin yarns in the warp.
I have played with a few texture yarns before, but only in the weft with some interesting results.
In this example, the texture yarn is a thin knitted tube interspersed with knitted squares in different colors.
In this case, the yarn is a knitted tube with thin and thick sections. The thick sections are spaced evenly. So, the yarn has a tendency to stack the thick elements. To me, this can offer some interesting design possibilities. Of course, the effect is very noticeable in this sample because I used the texture yarn very often (every 4 picks or so). If interspersed more randomly, the effect would not be as noticeable.
The same yarn is very interesting when knitted as the thick elements tend to form a lattice pattern.